Canon EOS M5 preview: ‘Mirrorless 80D’ finally shows Canon can compete in compact system cameras

It’s fair to say we’ve been highly critical of Canon’s compact system camera EOS M line. For a simple reason, though: the Japanese company’s mirrorless cameras just haven’t been able to stand up against the competition.

But that could be about to change. The Canon EOS M5 – which sits above the entry-level M10 and middling M3 (yep, it’s an odd numbering convention that makes no sense) – is, in many respects, like a “mini 80D” DSLR and, finally, offers a focus system that’s actually usable.

So does Canon have what it takes to stand out in the bustling compact system camera market? We experienced the M5 in person, ahead of its official unveil, to get a sense of its potential.

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